Bob Hope Airport
On behalf of NBC, I am writing this letter to support the proposal
put forth by Michael Hastings and Ward Grant to the Burbank City
Council to rename our airport after Bob Hope. NBC and Mr. Hope
enjoyed a unique professional and personal relationship that spanned
a lifetime. There are few times in life that any of us can observe
firsthand a living icon or national treasure. Bob Hope is, was and
will always be the very embodiment of those words.
As large a global personality as Mr. Hope has been for so many
decades, both he and the Hope family never looked away from the city
of Burbank, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center or so many other
charitable needs and causes within our great city. I cannot imagine a
more significant gesture to the Hope family than having Burbank and
our sister cities of Glendale and Pasadena unanimously designate “Bob
Hope Airport.” The honor of such a deserving recognition would be not
only to the Hope family but equally to the tri-cities, as well. Think
about it, say it aloud and feel proud: “Bob Hope Airport.”
I have called Michael and confirmed that I, on behalf of NBC and
as a private resident of Burbank, will gladly join whatever committee
is formed to do whatever is asked to work for the approval of this
wonderful recognition for Mr. Hope. In so doing, I ask for the total
support of all the communities involved to made this honor for the
Hope family evolve as quickly as possible from proposal to reality.
“Bob Hope Airport.” Sounds mighty perfect to me.
Thanks for the memories, Mr. Hope, and God bless the Hope family.
NBC Vice President, Facilities
Why not Bob
I would like to suggest that our Burbank-Glendale- Pasadena
Airport be renamed in honor of Bob Hope. I have felt this way for a
long time, and with his passing it seems an appropriate time to make
this suggestion. This certainly wouldn’t be the first time an airport
has been renamed to honor an individual, as in recent years we have
examples such as the Orange County Airport name being changed to
honor John Wayne, and National Airport in Washington, D.C., being
renamed to honor Ronald Reagan.
Memorializing individuals who have contributed in unique and
special ways to the betterment of our society and our overall way of
life has always been a part of the fabric of our nation’s history.
Schools, streets, parks, libraries, military bases and naval ships
have been named after notable Americans in accordance with this
tradition, and I believe Bob Hope is more than deserving of such a
special tribute. Not only because of his patriotism and service to
our troops over the years, but also because of his affiliation with
Burbank. A longtime resident of neighboring Toluca Lake, he
nevertheless also remained part of the life of our city. An example
was his underwriting the entire cost of a special dinner held at
Lakeside Country Club several years ago so that all of the proceeds
could be used to help build the statue along Riverside Drive erected
to honor patriotism and defenders of freedom. And soon the Bob Hope
Museum will be built across from NBC at the intersection of Alameda
and Olive avenues.
I hope you will join with me in supporting this idea to honor this
great American in this special way.